In the media

Next Generation helps companies with strategic advice on sustainable development through social innovation. We have honed our skills with more than 20 years’ experience in a wide range of fields across Africa. We were honoured to have been nominated for Most Empowered South African Companies by Topco in 2014 and 2015 and for the Best South African Company SMME Awards by the African Growth Institute in 2015.

We want to keep on transforming Africa by improving companies’ competitiveness, growth and sustainability without losing sight of economy, environment or community. Our aim is to transform business into profitable, sustainable and responsible organisations that deliver shared value.

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Below, you’ll find articles either written by us or mentioning us with regard to our Investment Impact IndexTM, our recent trend releases and other corporate social investment matters.

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NGO Pulse
24 May 2018 (originally published 9 January 2013)

Corporate social investment – from feeble to forceful, through effective management

Next Generation’s article discusses the benefits of CSI and how measurement can improve CSI efforts and add bottom-line value to businesses.
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The For Good Blog
26 April 2018

In hindsight: Social development and investment in Africa

This blog reports on Next Generation’s Innovation and Impact 2018 CSI trends research report. It deals specifically with the investment and development trends on the African continent.
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BEE News
18 April 2018

Social investors now want to see impact, sustainability – and ROI

This article reports on Next Generation’s 2018 trends research report. It discusses the 10 most significant developments that took place in 2017 that were identified as shaping the social investment, development and innovation landscape.
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Community Voice
19 November 2017

Calculating ROI from your corporate community engagement

In this article, Alison Cundiff reports on how community engagement can add value to business, using Reana Rossouw’s advice on what companies can do to measure the return on investment and impact of their corporate community engagement.
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Press office: Bizcommunity
1 September 2017

Implementing social innovation strategies at a systemic level: A wish list for 2018

In this media release, Reana Rossouw provides insight into the CSI trends that are forecasted for 2018.
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Ubuntu

Growing pressure to validate social investment

Next Generation’s Investment Impact Index™ is presented as a solution to measuring impact and return on investment in communities.
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JSE Magazine supplement

No stone unturned

In this article, Silke Colquhoun argues that even though the mining industry outspends every other sector in South Africa, it should also generate impact in uplifting its workers and host communities. Reana Rossouw provides background on the mining sector’s contributions and discusses shared value created by the industry.
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Mail & Guardian
29 April 2016

Measuring the impact of CSI

In this article, Dale Hess discusses the importance of knowing whether corporate investment is working or not. Reana Rossouw provides an overview of the aspects of impact assessment which businesses could use to assess the true impact of their CSI programmes.
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Mail & Guardian
29 April 2016

CSI needs to adapt amid economic crisis

In this article, Dale Hess explores the impact of the economic crisis on CSI contributions. Reana Rossouw offers a reminder that resources are too scarce to waste on low-impact projects. Impact assessments could help companies understand what works and what doesn’t.
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How we made it in Africa: Africa Business Insight 20 November 2011

Socio-economic development in Africa – a new era dawning

Reana Rossouw talks about why western development models can’t simply be duplicated and implemented without understanding local complexities. Using examples from Rwanda, South Africa, Ghana and Kenya, she argues that the people of Africa already have deep-seated development knowledge and the skills to provide socio-economic solutions that are sustainable.